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13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Maureen Johnson
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Keith?



2. What does Keith wrangle Ginny into doing?



3. What surprises Ginny when they arrive at his flat?



4. What does Ginny order when Keith insists on buying her a drink?



5. What does Aunt Peg's next letter discuss?



Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ginny know what to pay the Knapps, what amazes her about the bill and the amount?



2. Where does Ginny go to search for artists, and what does she decide?



3. How does Ginny find the cafe and what does she do there?



4. How does Ginny get to use the internet in Amsterdam and what does she do on it?



5. What does Keith tell her when she sees him at the hostel and what do they do from there?



6. Where is Ginny suppose to go after Rome, where is she suppose to stay and why?



7. What does Ginny tell Richard and what does she do after they talk?



8. How does Ginny find out who Piet is and what does she find out from him?



9. What is one of Peg's rules about the states and who does Ginny contact in the hostel in Paris? What happens when she does?



10. What is contained in the second envelope?



Essay Topics

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "13 Little Blue Envelopes"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "13 Little Blue Envelopes" including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "13 Little Blue Envelopes" and your own live to support your opinion.

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "13 Little Blue Envelopes". Questions that Johnson most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Johnson' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Johnson' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Johnson and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "13 Little Blue Envelopes". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Johnson chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Johnson chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Johnson's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Johnson use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)

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